The “Making of” Artistic and Cultural Adaptation in Roddy Doyle’s The Dead Republic
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This chapter situates Roddy Doyle’s 2010 novel, The Dead Republic, as exploring the role that artistic adaptation and its processes play in the formation and operation of authoritative cultural narratives. The chapter shows how Doyle’s theoretically savvy adaptation of The Quiet Man and its making both enacts the greatest (critical) hits of Adaptation Studies and primes the reader to then apply their schooling in matters of artistic adaptation to those of cultural adaptation. Cronin establishes how, by using Ireland as a model for trans-cultural conditions of cultural adaptation, The Dead Republic both depicts the cultural perils of compressing adaptation into re-enactment and asserts attention to the processes of artistic adaptation as instrumental in enhancing our criticality regarding processes of cultural adaptation.
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